Newcastle United

With Kenedy close, Newcastle must now land his Chelsea teammate Michy Batshuayi

According to a report from The Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to bring Kenedy back to St James’ Park. The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the North East giants and played a key part in helping them finish tenth in the Premier League, thus prompting several Magpies fans up and down the country to demand his return to the club for the 2018/19 campaign.

And with Rafa Benitez’s side reportedly ‘hopeful’ of securing a loan deal for the Brazilian ace, Newcastle must now show even more ambition by landing his £36 million-rated Chelsea teammate Michy Batshuayi as well (as per Transfermarkt).

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Ultimately, Kenedy’s arrival at St James’ Park back in January of this year on loan from the 2017 Premier League champions played a significant part in keeping Benitez’s side in the top-flight, with the Brazilian’s impact in the final third going some way to making the Magpies a more lethal and creative outfit going forward.

And with two goals and two assists in 13 league appearances for the club, he also chipped in with some important goals in their rise to tenth place – clearly, a Newcastle side with Kenedy is a much stronger one than without him.

And with a deal to bring him back to the North East reportedly close, attentions can now turn to another key area of the squad that needs improving, namely the striking ranks, as neither Joselu nor Dwight Gayle did enough last season to suggest that they can lead the line effectively this time round.

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Yet Chelsea’s Batshuayi underlined his credentials in a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last term to perhaps suggest that he is the man Benitez needs up top this season.

The 24-year-old Belgium international struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge before being shipped out on loan to the Bundesliga outfit back in the winter window, where the striker went from strength to strength with nine goals in 14 games for the club.

And with a mightily impressive scoring rate for Chelsea, having netted 19 times in just 53 appearances equating to a goal every 93 minutes, it’s clear that the 24-year-old has genuine ability upfront, and can be the goal-scorer Newcastle need to move to the next level this season.

And striking a deal for the extremely highly-rated forward, alongside a move for his teammate Kenedy, would also show huge ambition from the North East giants ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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